On paper, iTunes is a great model for distribution of music, movies, and TV — unlimited downloads, from single tracks to full albums, at reasonable prices. But for all it has going for it, I’ve never been able to get past the terrible design of the application itself: bulky, slow, poor navigation, DRM bullshit, and incredibly annoying attempts to take over all your music playing functions. I don’t have an iPod, and I don’t share Apple’s vaunted aesthetics. Ideally, I want to go to a webpage, download my music, and be left alone.
It looks like the Amazon MP3 store has done just that. Here’s hoping the music companies figure it out.
(my first purchase: The Klezmatics sing Woody Guthrie! It’s like an album designed specifically for me.)